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    Could you please tell me how these "intonation graphs / schemes ...?" may be called in English? I need to write an instruction for such an exercise (the students are to write some sentences using transcription symbols first, then mark stressed syllables and tonic stress and then draw a similar intonation "scheme" as in the picture). So how should I put it:

    Exercise 5. Transcribe the following sentences and mark sentence stress and tonic stress. Then draw ...??? a tonogram??? for each sentence.

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    Does tonogram sound OK?
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    Default Re: What's in the picture?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Could you please tell me how these "intonation graphs / schemes ...?" may be called in English? I need to write an instruction for such an exercise (the students are to write some sentences using transcription symbols first, then mark stressed syllables and tonic stress and then draw a similar intonation "scheme" as in the picture). So how should I put it:

    Exercise 5. Transcribe the following sentences and mark sentence stress and tonic stress. Then draw ...??? a tonogram??? for each sentence.

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    I am not familiar enough with tonograms to answer your question. Is this really necessary for English education? One can indicate syllable stress by capitalization or by bolding.

    an nounce ment
    an NOUNCE ment

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    Default Re: What's in the picture?

    Why not give an example and then ask them to draw a similar diagram showing the stressed syllables and the intonation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Why not give an example and then ask them to draw a similar diagram showing the stressed syllables and the intonation?
    So it's a diagram then. Thank you for the word, Tdol. Yes, I can do it when introducing new phrases, but then they have to draw their own diagrams as homework and I need to give them instructions, that's what I need this word for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am not familiar enough with tonograms to answer your question. Is this really necessary for English education? One can indicate syllable stress by capitalization or by bolding.

    an nounce ment
    an NOUNCE ment
    Well, such diagrams are used to teach English intonation in many (or even most) Russian universities for students majoring in English. Capitalisation alone wouldn't help us show not only stressed syllables, but the differences in tones. There are falling and rising tones in your language, so how would you show a rising tone in a question with just capitalisation?

    And we do need to teach our students English intonation, because Russian intonation patterns differ a lot from English ones. For example, most of Russian students (beginners) tend to ask Wh- questions with rising tone as if they can't hear well and ask the person to repeat what he said. The diagrams show both stressed syllables and tones.
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